DOW offering basic archery instructor course

Al Smith - Guest Columnist

The Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) is holding a basic archery instructor course for teachers and other personnel in school districts Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Wildlife District Two office, located at 952 Lima Ave., in Findlay.

Participants become certified National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) instructors. Preregistration is due by Friday . If you are interested in the course, go to to sign up.

Archery, safety, equipment, technique, concentration skills and self-improvement are among the things covered in the course.

The NASP program has mushroomed nationally from its beginning in Kentucky in 2002. The program has become extremely popular in Ohio as well and has grown from a dozen schools in 2004 to more than 900 schools in the Buckeye state who have the program. More than 30,000 OhIo students participated in the program as part of their physical education curriculum during the 2015-16 school year.

Once programs are started at a school, often after-school programs and competitive teams are formed.

For more details visit the Ohio DOW site at or contact the Wildlife District Two office at 419424-5000 for more information.

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Each year before hunting season, I always checked with the landowner of property I hunted even though I hunted this land for about 10 years. It pays to check all your bases before heading into the field or woods.

Failing to do this task proved costly for a pair of Limaland hunters during the January muzzleloader season. They both were assessed fines and court costs of $750 each for failure to have permission to hunt on private property.

The hunters thought they had permission to hunt the property. However, according to the DOW, the property had been sold since they had last talked to the landowner who had given them permission to hunt. The new landowner filed a complaint with Allen County Wildlife Officer Craig Barr. Barr and Van Wert County Wildlife Officer Brad Buening met in the area of the complainant and contacted a group of 4 hunters.

One had shot and retrieved a deer from the complainant’s property, which was adjacent to the property they were hunting. The hunter who shot the deer thought he had permission to retrieve the deer. The hunter did not realize the property ownership had changed hands. The new landowner decided to file charges against the pair of hunters. Both hunters pleaded no contest to the charges in Lima Municipal Court. The seven-point buck was forfeited and donated to a local food bank.

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The city if Lima was among 14 Ohio communities recommended by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for grant funding, which will exceed $2.5 million.

These funds are pending final approval by the National Park Service and are provided through a federal matching grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

A grant of $300,000 has been recommended for Schoonover Lake park improvements, which include restoration, renovation and development of facilities at the park. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2,067,157.

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The future of fishing and a pass it on scenario were evident at the recent 36th annual Ohio Charter Captains Conference held at the Cedar Point Conference Center at the Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus in Huron.

Introducing the next generation to Lake Erie fishing is highly important speakers told the 178 charter captains and others in attendance. The conference was co-sponsored by Ohio Sea Grant, the Ohio DOW and the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association.

“If there’s one big takeaway I have from, it’s that the fishing in Lake Erie will be world class this year, and we should all enjoy it,” Tony Gabriel, Ohio Sea Grant fisheries outreach coordinator and program leader, said. “That world class fishery will also be a great opportunity to get kids excited about the outdoors, so everyone who reads this should make it a goal to take a kid fishing this year.”

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. He may be contacted at [email protected] or and you can follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

Al Smith

Guest Columnist

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor wri.ter. He may be contacted at [email protected] or and you can follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor wri.ter. He may be contacted at [email protected] or and you can follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

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